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Bike MS-150 - Sat 14th - Sun 15th


DBARA Regular Meeting - Monday, October 16th, 2017


DBARA Meeting - Elections - Monday, November 20th, 2017

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For Sale - Ameritron AL-82 HF amplifier - By N9HF


Diamond X200A Dual Band Base Antenna (2-Meter/440 MHz)


MFJ-906 6-meter Manual Tuner


MFJ-969 Manual Tuner (160 to 6-meter 300 Watt)


Heathkit SB-2000 Linear Amplifier

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

2017-09-25 19:53:28

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

SET Scheduled for October 7th at Earl Brown Park

2017-09-25 19:52:30

We will be holding a SET on October 7th at Earl Brown Park. For more information and to register.

World’s Largest Crystal Radio K9QD

2017-09-25 09:14:40

Crystal Radio constructed with unusually large passive components with the goal of obtaining an extremely high Q. Variable capacitor from a B-17 Bomber’s antenna tuner and the final tank coil from a 50KW AM Broadcast transmitter once used by Chicago area WMAQ Radio’s Continental equipment are employed for outstanding performance....
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New 630 Meter Ham Band

2017-09-25 09:13:29

Join us Tues at 8 PM central time on W5KUB.COM.This week the new 630 meter ham band plus Katie Allen, WY7YL visiting a ham club in Scotland. There is a big time difference between Scotland and us so we are still trying to work out how we bring this segment to you. Post your shack pics for the show in our group. We invite you to join our facebook group at

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions this evening

2017-09-22 17:01:15

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to assist with outbound health-and-welfare traffic from Puerto Rico.
Radio amateurs are reminded to keep the SATERN frequencies clear at this time, to facilitate communications necessary for Hurricane Maria response.…/w1aw-suspending-transmissions-this-ev…
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The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers

2017-09-22 11:39:14

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International SSB Net is seeking volunteers who can serve either as net control stations (NCS) or as relay stations. SATERN has been in daily operation (1400 UTC until at least 2300 UTC) since Tuesday, September 19 on 14.265 MHz.
“SATERN had initially planned on terminating the net operations for Hurricane Maria by today,” SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, said on Friday. “However, the amount of health-and-welfare messages flowing through the Net the last 2 days is expected to continue today and likely through at least Sunday or Monday.”...
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The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is requesting activation

2017-09-22 11:08:21

The Colombia Amateur Radio League (LCRA) is asking the Amateur Radio community there to activate the national emergency network to support those seeking information about relatives in the Caribbean islands affected by the recent hurricanes.…/colombian-radio-amateurs-asked-to-ass…
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MCM Electronics Shutters Two Plants, Announces Merger with Newark element 14

2017-09-22 09:24:36

MCM Electronics, in business for 40 years, will close two plants and its corporate headquarters in Ohio and lay off more than 90 workers, the Dayton Daily News reported earlier this summer. The company, which carries an electronics inventory of more than 300,000 items, including 3-D printers, tools, wire, cable, and other items, has been a Dayton Hamvention® vendor.

The layoffs will begin at month’s end and continue through the end of the year.

On its Facebook page, MCM has announced that it is partnering with Newark element 14, and that MCM products will become available via the Newark website, which is not yet available.


Aussie school contacts the ISS

2017-09-22 09:23:40

The Beenleigh State High School about 30km south of Brisbane had a late night chat with Italian astronaut and engineer, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact happened recently at 11pm Queensland time, before students, parents and educators.

The evening started at 9pm with telescopes in the school grounds and an informative tour through the solar system. Nick McClean of Gilmore Space Australia, explained the development of reusable space delivery vehicles, followed by science teacher Chris Meagher with an inspirational video of Paolo IZ0JPA.

ARISS Coordinator Shane Lynd VK4KHZ had set up a portable satellite tracking station with antennas and auto-doppler correction. This emulated the ground station K6DUE telebridge in the Goddard Space Flight Centre, Maryland USA, with students very interested to see the antennas begin tracking. Paolo IZ0JPA answered all 13 students explaining passionately each response in great detail....
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Health and Welfare traffic and requests

2017-09-22 09:23:23

The e-mail to send your Health and Welfare traffic and requests to is:
In the email please indicate clearly:
Your name and location (country city)
Whom you are inquiring of (full name)
Location / community the person(s) are at,
E-mail and /or phone number to reach you at for the return info.

New York Times report earliest damage reports passed through Amateur Radio

2017-09-20 17:58:09

The New York Times has reported via an audio post that Amateur Radio was a primary source for initial damage reports from Dominica. The storm-ravaged Caribbean Island nation of has approximately 70,000 residents. US-based ham Julian Antoine, J73JA, who can be heard on the audio, solicited reports via a VoIP connection with the J73MAN repeater on Dominica....
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W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

2017-09-20 17:56:28 #ARRL #HamRadio

Silent Key - Bob Ledford - WA4IDI

2017-09-18 16:51:09

I just received this email from Darrell... Very sad news and Bob will be missed....

With heavy heart I'm sad to report that Bob Ledford, WA4IDI, is a silent key as of about 3:00am today.     Anne reports that he passed peacefully under the watchful eye of hospice.

No word yet on any services, etc., I will forward that info as received.

Darrell N4GOA

Karl Martin

IARU Administrative Council Considers New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

2017-09-18 14:48:58

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) believes high-power wireless power transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles has significant potential for interference with radio communication. That assessment came as the AC met on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference, to review its priorities and positions with regard to the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Conference Agenda Item 9.1.6 would call for studies in advance of WRC-23 to assess the impact of WPT for electric vehicles on radiocommunication services and to study suitable harmonized frequency ranges to minimize its impact. The AC determined that addressing the threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially affected radiocommunication services, including Amateur Radio....
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Hurricane Irma forces DXpedition change

2017-09-18 09:58:22

Members of the Argentinian DXers Group, who were expected to be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and November 4th, have cancelled their operation due to the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

The group sent out the following :
"We do apologize to inform all that the DXpedition to St Maarten PJ7T is suspended.
Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of infrastructure on the island and it will be impossible to arrive and live there for a long time.

By this, we change the destination to San Andres Island and we are obtaining the permissions and call to operate from that island.

In the near future we will inform dates and call that we will use.
All the stations are ready to fly to San Andres Is. We will listen for you on the air soon.....

Regards to all,
Yaguarete DX Group"


PW 70MHz Contest 2017

2017-09-18 09:57:44

The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 24th September from 13:00 to 16:00 UTC.

The rules are in the September issue of Practical Wireless or visit

15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop announcement

2017-09-18 09:57:07

Greetings CubeSat Community!

We are happy to announce that the 15th Annual CubeSat Developer's Workshop will take place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2018 at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center!

We are hard at work making sure next year's workshop is the best one yet!

Not only have we streamlined sponsorship opportunities but we have added thousands of square feet of exhibition space including the all new Founder's Room-a beautiful 24' x 24' business casual lounge.

To stay up to date on all the changes to come, join our mailing list:
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ZD7VDE DXpedition is on again!

2017-09-18 09:56:46

Bill, G0VDE, informs OPDX that his ZD7VDE DXpedition is back on.
He has waited over a year for the Island of St. Helena's airport to start commercial fights back up again.

You may remember last year, Bill tried a few times to go to St. Helena, but the airport had issues with turbulence and windshear on approach to their runway.

Bill states [edited], "Well, they are finally starting on October 14th, and I am hoping to be on the first commercial flights to St. Helena after all!
I am planning to stay for one week for this trip, and will be operating SSB and some Data (maybe even FT8!).
As before, I am staying in self-catering accommodation a couple of miles from James- town, on a plateau above the town with a good take-off to the W, N and E.

"The radios I am planning to take are FT-991 and FT-891 and a Juma PA1000, with a vertical antenna and a variety of wires, dipoles and fiberglass supports....
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Tickets for the 2018 Orlando HamCation is now available for purchase!

2017-09-17 08:36:09

Purchase Tickets

Online or In-Person

Tickets are available for purchase through our online system, by postal mail, and at the event during the days of the event. Online ticket sales and mail-order ticket sales end January 31st, 2018. DO NOT MAIL a ticket request in after this date.

Ticket Prices
HamCation tickets are valid for all 3 days of the event. Tickets are 'per-person'. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Online Tickets and mail-order tickets purchased (postmarked) by December 31st, 2017: $15
  • Tickets purchased after December 31st, 2017 and at the gate: $17

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HOTLINE, FOR TICKET ORDERS. The hotline is for information purposes only.

To be eligible for the early-bird ticket prize you must make your ticket purchases on or before January 15th, 2018. Each ticket will also be entered into the HamCation prize drawings for the Grand prize, Saturday prize, Sunday prize, and the hourly prize drawings. If you have additional questions about tickets please contact us.

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

2017-09-15 16:40:15

The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today’s edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.

Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to — in the FCC’s words — “provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands.”...
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New 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth World Record Set

2017-09-15 16:39:49

A new 10-GHz Earth-Moon-Earth (EME or moon bounce) world record has been set. On September 9, Rex Moncur, VK7MO, and Jim Malone, WA3LBI, completed a 18,949.4-kilometer contact using QRA64D. This extends by approximately 600 kilometers the previous world record of 18,337 kilometers held by DL7FJ and ZL1GSG, who used CW.

The participants said the key was to find locations with nearly 0° take-off, which essentially means across water. VK7MO operated from OF76nk at Meelup in Western Australia; WA3LBI operated from FM28io in Delaware. Both stations operated portable. Coincidentally, “Meelup” is an aboriginal word meaning “place of the rising Moon.”

VK7MO ran 50 W to a 1.13-meter dish using linear polarization. WA3LBI ran about 125 W to a 2.4-meter dish, RKI feed by Bert Moderman, circular polarization, mounted on a trailer. The loss in going from linear to circular polarization was somewhat less than the expected 3 dB, due to depolarization at the Moon surface (probably around 2 dB)....
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World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee Looking Ahead to WRTC 2022

2017-09-15 16:39:28

As preparations are under way for the next World Radiosport Team Championship event — WRTC 2018 in Germany next July — the WRTC Sanctioning Committee is already looking ahead to potential locations for WRTC 2022. The committee is responsible for evaluating requests to host a WRTC event and selecting the winning applicant. It’s hoping to announce the host for WRTC 2022 at the WRTC 2018 closing ceremonies next summer.

“Like the international Olympics, it is important to provide continuity for the WRTC program and give the radiosport community as much time as possible to prepare for each event,” Sanctioning Committee President Tine Brajnik, S50A, said in a news release. “Thus, it is appropriate at this time to begin the process of considering where WRTC 2022 will be held and who will make up the organizing committee.”...
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Potential need for Amateur Radio operators

2017-09-15 12:15:53

Potential need for Amateur Radio operators to provide communications support in the Florida Keys.

Solar wind stream sparks geomagnetic storm

2017-09-15 12:12:42

Earth is entering a stream of high-speed solar wind flowing from a hole in the sun's atmosphere.

First contact with the stream on Sept. 14th produced a moderately strong (G2-class) geomagnetic storm, ongoing at the time of this alert.

If the storm continues, high-latitude sky watchers could see auroras after local nightfall on Sept. 14/15.

Visit for more information and updates.

FMRE National Emergency Net Active in Mexico

2017-09-15 12:12:23

In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated as of 1300 local time. The net requests support from stations with the ability to handle traffic requests and emergency warnings. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as via IRLP reflector 9200, channel 08.

The National Hurricane Center reported at 2100 UTC that Max was making landfall along the coast of Eastern Guerrero. Heavy rains and flooding are expected across the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 80 MPH (130 kilometers/hour). In addition,

Tropical Storm Norma is developing off southern Baja California. At 2100 UTC, Norma was 215 kilometers southeast of Socorro Island and 360 kilometers south of Cabo San Lucas, moving to the north at 9 kilometers/hour. The National Hurricane Center reports that Tropical Storm Norma is strengthening gradually. — Thanks to IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P


A Reminder for ARRL Volunteers

2017-09-15 12:12:04

As requests are received asking for Amateurs to travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Irma, ARRL officials are reminded that to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act or the MoU between ARRL and the American Red Cross, requests for volunteers must be submitted through established ARRL/ARES channels.

Volunteers wishing to offer their services in disaster relief need to go through the proper established channels. Any self-deployment or requests made outside of the established channels are not covered under ARRL's agreements and may not be subject to the provisions of the Volunteer Protection Act. — Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND, ARRL Regulatory Information Manager; Assistant Secretary, the American Radio Relay League, Inc

Cassini spacecraft makes its final approach to Saturn

2017-09-14 17:56:02

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15.

Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons – in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity – remain pristine for future exploration. The spacecraft's fateful dive is the final beat in the mission's Grand Finale, 22 weekly dives, which began in late April, through the gap between Saturn and its rings. No spacecraft has ever ventured so close to the planet before....
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Power restored to larger areas tonight.

2017-09-13 21:36:29

I haven't confirmed yet, but Willow Run got power tonight, and I believe another 20 neighborhoods as well.

The MS Bike Ride is still on for October. If you plan to participate, be at the Volusia ARES meeting this Saturday, 1pm at the Fire Training Facillity.


Large FPL Grid out

2017-09-12 10:08:41

For those like me without power.. still... We should hopefully be back online soon.

Areas out on Grid #1 include Willow Run (Williamson to Nova North of Dunlawton, Pelican Bay, and other areas I didn't previously know were on the same grid.

Stay safe.


2017-09-08 17:37:21

ARRL has set up a temporary phone number that ARRL section leadership can use to communicate Hurricane Irma-related information or requests to ARRL Headquarters. The number will be monitored at W1AW when the station is staffed. During off-hours, the number will be forwarded to an on-call ARRL staffer. This number should also be used to report problems such as extended interference with ongoing emergency communications. The number is 860-594-0337.